Planning activitis for Alzheimer’s residents
Clients with Alzheimer’s/Dementia function at different levels; be sure to take into consideration what level of activities you choose. And remember to focus on your clients enjoying the activity than the activity itself.
Clients with Alzheimer’s/Dementia can be easily confused or disoriented; it is important to ease them into the activity. Starting with soothing music, singing and clapping tends to be helpful.
Doing activities earlier in the day is always beneficial, the later in the evening the more likely the client will be agitated.
Try to tailor activities around the client’s past activities/profession. When clients with Alzheimer’s/Dementia have episodes you often hear them express that they have to go to work or somewhere/something they did 40 years ago. For example, I had a client that was a mechanic, he owned a shop for almost 30 years. When he had episodes, he would say he had to work on cars in his shop. I had an idea to create activates for him revolving cars and coffee, his 2 favorite things. I got DVD’s about building classic cars, a few safe props, and a note pad. He would have coffee, watch the DVDs and take notes. I never saw him more content and happy then when he was doing these activities.
In conclusion Planning activities for Alzheimer’s/Dementia clients may take some ingenuity, but once you learn your clients and see them happy it is well worth it.
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